Donald MacKenzie follows one line of technology—strategic ballistic missile guidance through a succession of weapons systems to reveal the workings of a world that is neither awesome nor unstoppable. He uncovers the parameters, the pressures, and the politics that make up the complex social construction of an equally complex technology.
About the Author
Donald MacKenzie is Professor of Sociology (Personal Chair) at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Inventing Accuracy (1990), Knowing Machines (1996), and Mechanizing Proof (2001), all published by the MIT Press. Portions of An Engine, not a Camera won the Viviana A. Zelizer Prize in economic sociology from the American Sociological Association.
—Everett Mendelsohn, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
—Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Professor of History, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Winner of the 1993 Ludwik Fleck Prize presented by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)., 1993